01. Lawyers, Guns and Money > [banter]
02. Jeannie Needs a Shooter
03. Reconsider Me
04. Trouble Waiting to Happen
05. Roland Chorale > Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner
06. Johnny Strikes Up the Band > [Dr. Babyhead intro]
07. The Factory
08. Boom Boom Mancini
09. //Tenderness on the Block
10. Accidentally Like a Martyr
11. Werewolves of London >
12. Mohammed's Radio
13. Dancing with Myself [Idol/James] >
14. Summertime Blues [Capehart/Cochran] >
15. Poor Poor Pitiful Me
01. [04:42.10] Lawyers, Guns and Money > [banter]
02. [04:18.27] Jeannie Needs a Shooter
03. [03:55.51] Reconsider Me
04. [03:49.16] Trouble Waiting to Happen
05. [12:30.68] Roland Chorale > Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner
06. [03:11.51] Johnny Strikes Up the Band > [Dr. Babyhead intro]
07. [04:43.40] The Factory
08. [03:58.50] Boom Boom Mancini
09. [01:28.56] //Tenderness on the Block
10. [04:50.08] Accidentally Like a Martyr
11. [04:02.29] Werewolves of London >
12. [04:55.32] Mohammed's Radio
13. [02:07.30] Dancing with Myself [Idol/James] >
14. [04:02.12] Summertime Blues [Capehart/Cochran] >
15. [09:28.09] Poor Poor Pitiful Me
» t09: first half or more is missing
» This version was edited during summer 2004 by D1, who says, "Amplitude increased as needed; retracked; extended silences and audience noise shortened or removed." She also filtered the last two tracks to remove some of the inexplicable harshness of the source recording.
» An unusual aspect of this recording is its remarkable reverb
» Updated and uploaded to archive.org on 14 April 2005
October 19, 2010 Subject:
Better Than "Learning To Flinch"!!
Who knows how this concert was recorded, but it certainly did not have the benefit of the engineeering, planning, etc. of the tracks assembled for an "official" release, yet, in my estimation, this is a more enjoyable concert than that which appears on "Learning To Flinch". The only weak track is "Boom Boom Mancini": which I never understood the purpose for anyway.
I knew that Warren was an accomplished piano player, but I had no idea what a marvelous, and entertaining, guitarist he was. This concert showcases both of these musical gifts--not to mention his charming sense of humor!
Thank you so very much, Zevon Family, for making these treasures available!
September 8, 2008 Subject:
this is definitely a soundboard, otherwise you wouldn't hear the reverb
July 16, 2006 Subject:
Love The "Tralf"
This is not only a great Zevon recording but a phenomenal venue for a live act.
Being an Excitable BUFFALO Boy myself - transplanted to Denver 21 years ago - the Tralfamadore Cafe or simply "The TRALF" as it's known in Buffalo, is a longstanding local rock/folk/jazz club institution. Picture this 12 string acoustic and piano performance in the brick-walled, downtown underground nightclub atmosphere that is the TRALF.
The warmth and intimacy (only 225 seats) of this venerable venue really come across in this recording. Judging by the between numbers banter, Warren was really having a good time with the local crowd this night in 1986.
Buffalo audiences are full of rowdy rock n' roll fans and this night was no exception. You can sense this crowd's raucous high energy, yet the tracks are absent any annoying background chatter overwhelming or distracting from the performance.
a spirited "Werewolves" (replete with crowd-pleasing references to Buffalo and Chicken Wings in the lyrics),
a solid electric 12-string rendition of "Lawyers,"
WZ's unique covers of Billy Idol's "Dancin' With Myself" and the Who's "Summertime Blues,"
along with a 12:30 piano-only extended version of "Roland" filled with exquisite improvisational keyboard riffs.
For a little more hard-edged performance, check out the Folsom Field concert from 1980. Sound quality isn't quite as clean, but Zevon really rocks in this open-air football stadium at CU Boulder.
Even though he's badly missed, the TRALF session recalls some tasty licks Warren left behind for us all to enjoy one hot summer night in Buffalo!
August 29, 2005 Subject:
Rewards of reverb
12 String has it right. I've heard countless live recordings of numerous performers and this has a completely unique sound. I don't know about a great concert hall -- if your glass tends towards half-empty it could sound a little more like an indoor football stadium -- but it's superior to the rest of the dozen or so Zevon solo shows I've downloaded from here. It's probably an audience recording, but it could be a descendent of a soundboard ancestor. As for the performance, it's also right up with the best available here. I think Wolfgang's from 85 is even more energetic, but the sound on this is a lot better. It's also more developed in terms of musicianship on both guitar and piano. The only significant flaw is 80% of Tenderness on the Block is missing. Overall you can't do better for a Zevon solo show.
April 18, 2005 Subject:
You can hear the energy in this performance and Warren is clearly enjoying the venue. The unique reverb gives the listener an illusion of being in a great music hall. Warren's guitar work on Billy Idol's "Dancing With Myself" is fairly intricate and the morose lyrics seem to fit Warren well.